Plants 8–35 cm. Stems (branches from rhizomes) simple. Leaves 2–4 pairs (basal often persistent on sterile rosettes), mostly cauline; petiolate (at least basal) or sessile; blades oblanceolate to spatulate, 2–7 × 0.5–2.5 cm, margins usually entire, sometimes denticulate, rarely dentate, apices usually acute, sometimes obtuse, faces sparsely puberulent, moderately pubescent distally, stipitate-glandular. Heads 1–3(–5). Involucres turbinate-campanulate. Phyllaries 9–15, linear-oblong to narrowly lanceolate. Ray florets 6–10; corollas yellow. Disc florets: corollas yellow; anthers yellow. Cypselae brown, 4–7 mm, densely hirsute (not stipitate-glandular); pappi white, bristles barbellate. 2n = 38, 76.
Phenology: Flowering Jul–Aug.
Habitat: Dry to mesic, exposed, rocky alpine slopes and ridges or alpine meadows
Elevation: 1200–3400 m
Alta., B.C., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Oreg., Utah, Wash., Wyo.